Use the Triple Play as you read with your family, your small group, or even in your personal devotion times!
Highs and Lows: Start by sharing at least one high and one low from the day. Don’t skip this step!
Daily Dig: As you read the text of the week, customize your experience with resources found here to help you grow!
Pray: Take time to pray about the highs and lows and what you’ve read. Give thanks for the highs, ask for help in the lows, and pray for God’s Word to be alive in you each week!
Daily Dig Resources
Everyone learns differently, so we have lots of ways that you can make your time in the Word your own.
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Ideas for activities and things to do to apply the text.
Naaman is Healed!
If you’ve read your story this week already or watched Mrs. Wieneke’s video, know about the great commander and mighty warrior for the king of Syria named Naaman. Unfortunately, he got leprosy which was a very horrible and painful disease that started out with red spots on your body and there was no cure for leprosy. That means there was no medicine or doctors or ways to make you better. Well, you know, except God. ☺
Through a very kind servant girl, Naaman’s wife heard about Elisha, God’s prophet who could help him. Naaman traveled to get help but at first didn’t like the plan or ways he was supposed to get help. First, he didn’t get to see Elisha but Elisha’s servant and instead of “Elisha calling on the Lord his God and waving his hand” to cure him (Naaman’s words), he was told to go wash 7 times in the dirty Jordan River. I think our strong warrior was expecting his healing to be a bit more impressive but thankfully his pride didn’t stop him from following the instructions.
Eventually he boldly proclaims after being healed by God’s miraculous and mighty powers, “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except Israel”. Yet another great, true Bible story to remind us that there is NOTHING our God isn’t capable in our lives too!
Are you ready to cure Naaman?
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE TIME TO DO THIS WHOLE ACTIVITY IN ONE SITTING. YOU DON’T WANT TO LET THE PAINT DRY TOO LONG.
1. Your sponge guy is Naaman. Take your paint brush and dip it in the red paint provided and paint some leprosy dotes all over Naaman. I put Naaman on a paper towel just in case. ☺
You can either fill a big bowl of WARM water, a sink, etc. Take your Naaman and just like Mrs. Wieneke’s video and your story, count and dip him 7 times in the water (Mrs. Wieneke had dirty water like the river in her video but clean water is just fine for this activity).
As you dip each time, REALLY squeeze the sponge each time under the water so the paint begins to wash off. I used my hands to really soak up the water and squeeze.
After 7 good dips (hopefully), your Naaman will be healed!
Have fun doing the experiment over and over and maybe share this Bible story with a friend too!
Can we close with the prayer in your Story Bible?
You used a little girl and Elisha to lead Naaman to You. Thank You for the people who tell me about You. Thank You for washing away my sins and making me Your child. Amen.
Written by people you worship with at St Matthew.
Captive or Missionary? A young girl from Israel
By Bob Brandau
Now bands of raiders from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” – 2 Kings 5:2-3
As I read 2 Kings Chapter 5, my attention is drawn to this nameless “young girl from Israel.” Why would a girl, taken captive and forced into servitude, care about seeing her master cured? Maybe she’d been well-treated in her captivity, but the story doesn’t say. Did she consider how things might go for her if the prophet Elisha told General Naaman from the enemy state of Aram to go pound sand?
Then I reflected on similar instances of God’s people in captivity, such as Joseph in Genesis Chapter 37, and I realized it was not so unusual from a Biblical perspective. Abiding faith in God drove these Old Testament figures to act to the glory of God regardless of their personal freedom or circumstance.
How would you or I react in a similar situation? Living today in West Michigan, can we even conceive of an invading force taking us or our loved ones into captivity? If such a thing were to happen to us, could our faith in Jesus lead us to essentially “give comfort to the enemy” to glorify His name? Or have we perhaps made our “God-given” rights and liberties into golden calves?
One final thought about that young girl from Israel; Naaman was prepared to give a fortune in gold and silver for his cure. The experience changed Naaman’s faith life forever. Do you suppose he ever considered freeing that God-fearing young servant who set things in motion?